Charlotte, North Carolina
In 1969, Charlotte businessman E. Pat Hall announced his intention to build a 73-acre park straddling the North and South Carolina border. Hall envisioned Carowinds as a walk through the history and culture of both Carolinas. After spending $27 million, the park opened in March, 1973. The state line passed right through the middle of the main courtyard and was marked by plaques engraved with the names of the 146 counties that make up the Carolinas. (Unfortunately, Paramount replaced these with bricks marked with movie titles.)
The park was renamed Paramount's Carowinds after it was purchased by Paramount in 1993. The park's name reverted to Carowinds when all five Paramount parks were purchased by Cedar Fair, Limited in 2007.
Two coasters have left the park: White Lightnin', a Schwarzkopf shuttle loop, ran here from 1977 to 1988. It is now known as Golden Loop at Gold Reef City in Johannesburg, South Africa. Flying Super Saturator was removed in 2008. (Pictures and details below.)
Flying Super Saturator
(formerly Scooby Doo, Scooby Doo's Ghoster Coaster, and Fairly Odd Coaster)
Lucy's Crabbie Cabbie
(formerly Hey Arnold's Taxi Chase and Taxi Jam)
Afterburn (formerly Top Gun - The Jet Coaster)
Nighthawk (formerly BORG Assimilator)
Flying Ace Aerial Chase (formerly Rugrats Runaway Reptar)
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